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Drive not initialized

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Bert_Combs, Apr 22, 2006.

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  1. Bert_Combs

    Bert_Combs Thread Starter

    Apr 1, 2006
    In my never ending quest to recover data from my now defunct external hard drive I've attempted to install a new drive of the same make and size. (western digital wd2000) However, instead of buying an external I purchased an internal. However, the circuit board for the external plugs into the new drive and seems to be working.

    Windows explorer doesn't see it. Re-booting and it's still invisible.

    Device manager does see it. When I select the volume tab and populate I see the "drive not initialized" message. All other tabs and messages indicate it's there and working.

    Where do I go from here???

    ps. My ultimate goal is to replace the disc's from the broken external with this new internal. Frankly, I may have bitten off more than I should be chewing but life is an adventure and this may just be one of those.......
  2. av8ur


    Sep 3, 2005
    I've heard of this neat trick. Put your drive in a bucket of ice, then run it. Seems to work wonders.
  3. dustyjay


    Jan 23, 2003
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    to initialize the drive in WinXP go to Administraive tools - computer management - Disk management and if the drie is recognized there it should show up as unallocated space. right click on the drive and select partition. PArtition the drive and it will format it for you. The drive will ten be visible in Windows explorer and in My Computer.
  4. win2kpro


    Jul 19, 2005
    I hope you're kidding! :eek:
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